§ Mr. Malcolm Bruce
To ask the President of the Board of Trade if she will list the conferences held by her Department since 1 May 1997, giving in each case the(a) purpose and (b) estimated cost. 
§ Mrs. Beckett
[holding answer 5 February 1998]: Information in the form requested is not held centrally within the Department, which has held many conferences since 1 May 1997. It could be provided only at disproportionate cost.